I thought to myself, “Enough is enough. My makeup brushes are always shedding.” It may not seem like such a disaster right away, but if the shedding happens at the wrong place and time, it may lead to an unpleasant situation. The strange thing is that the risk of the brushes shedding does not seem to heavily correlate to company or price range. I saw a couple of DIY videos on YouTube that instruct on how to “Properly Dry Makeup Brushes”, but didn’t bother watching them, whereas I needed something quick and easy. However, after a long and tedious process of try and check, I think I may have found my answer (I’ll give myself a pat on the back for this one). I am probably not the first person to have purchased or written about this product, but I need to spread the word, just in case it helps someone reading my blog!
My first question was: what was I doing wrong? After washing my makeup brushes (which I do every week and sometimes daily), I would wash the brushes accordingly, always tapping them gently on a towel, reshaping the bristles, and then allowing them to air-dry lying down flat on a dish towel. This was the big no-no of my book of beauty equation. In fact, drying a brush upright/flat is just about the worst thing you can do. After washing the brushes, any water left between the bristles begins to trickles down into the ferrule.
What is a ferrule you may ask? The way a brush anatomy works is that there are 3 parts to a brush: the hair, the handle, and the ferrule. The ferrule is the metal part at the base of the bristles that keeps it together. To keep things simple and short, water should not come in contact with the glue, whereas when it sits in the ferrule, it loosens the internal structure, which eventually leads to shedding and a broken brush. Even the most well made brush will fall apart if washed this way enough times. It is analogous to buying an extremely expensive set of denim jeans. As you may know, denim jeans are not supposed to be washed too often, whereas the color fades the more you wash them. Same thing with the brushes; the water and glue fight against each other and severely deteriorate the quality of the brush.
This is where the Makeup Brush Tree comes along to save my brushes from self destruction– and speed up the drying process; it was as if I discovered a new realm of basics that should be spoken more of. This nifty gadget has 28 holes; it is collapsible and affordable. Once you are done using it, just take it apart. It is a very basic design not really much to say-except it’s a brush saver! I have noticed that my brushes come out a tad bit fluffier when they are dried up.
There are other companies on Amazon, but I just selected this because it contains a good enough amount of slots for proper drying. The cost of this product is $11.99– seriously how affordable is that? Especially if you wash your brushes at least twice a month, trust me you will thank me later. Although the cleaning process is seriously a pain in the butt–the drying doesn’t have to be.
Question: What is your favorite way to dry your brushes?